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05th October 2022

Public transport customers on the Sunshine Coast will benefit from more bus shelters and bus stop upgrades at local bus stops thanks to Palaszczuk Government bus stop grants.

New shelters and bus stop upgrades across the state received $4.5 million funding in 2022-23.

Member for Nicklin, Rob Skelton MP, said 20 new shelters will be installed at 19 Sunshine Coast bus stops after the Sunshine Coast Regional Council received $380,000 under the Bus Stop Shelter Program (BSSP).

“The new shelters will provide a more comfortable waiting environment for commuters who can be bathed in our famous Queensland sunshine one minute and seeking cover from a storm the next,” Mr Skelton said.

"We understand the importance of providing shade at bus stops with nearly 1000 new shelters installed across Queensland over the last four years of the Bus Stop Shelter Program."

More than 100 new shelters will be installed at bus stops across Queensland this financial year.

In addition to the new bus shelters, 40 bus stops would be upgraded on the Sunshine Coast this financial year with an additional $320,500 funding assistance from the Palaszczuk Government under the Passenger Transport Accessible Infrastructure Program (PTAIP).

The Palaszczuk Government provides 50 per cent funding to local governments to help them upgrade bus stops through PTAIP.

"We are always looking at ways to improve the public transport experience for our customers and our commitment to bus stop upgrades is a prime example of that,” Mr Skelton said.

“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to creating a single, integrated transport network that is accessible to everyone and new shelters and bus stop upgrades play an important role.

"We are working hard to eliminate barriers for people to access the public transport network, delivering on one of the five priorities in our Creating Better Connections 10-year plan.”

The new shelter and bus stop upgrade funding is being provided to 12 local governments across Queensland in 2022-23.

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